If you have your hands on some Pokémon cards and want to offload them for as much cash as possible, there are a variety of resources you can use right now to get cash in hand. The great thing about many of these resources is that you don’t even need to meet anyone. It will be as easy as slipping it into an envelope and shipping it off. Of course, there are in-person options as well if that’s something you’re interested in.
As in all of my guides, I’m always honest. I don’t promote garbage nor will you find me pushing millions of ads. I just don’t work that way as I like to inform and that’s it.
Before I begin, however, let me quickly explain what determines your Pokémon card value.
Generally, your cards will be valued upon the condition, its rarity, the edition, and of course, the demand. All four of these factors can have an affect on the pricing, and much like the stock market, the prices can fluctuate from one day to the next. I’m mentioning this because the prices can swing wildly, either going up or down, of course. If you see a price that’s worth it, then it may be best to sell ASAP unless you’re willing to take the gamble.
With that being said, let’s dive in and see a few of the best places to sell Pokémon cards for cash online. All of the options I’m about to mention will let you know what your card is worth at the time.
Where Can You Sell Pokémon Cards?
Let’s start with the obvious – eBay. I would have to say that this is one of the best places to sell your Pokémon cards as you can set the price and you often have the largest buyer base. Plus, you don’t have to deal with anyone face to face.
However, before you get excited and sell your cards, just be aware of the fees (about 12%) as well as how much your cards are worth. To see how much your cards are worth, head to eBay, type in the card you have to sell and then filter out your results to show the most recently sold.
If you’re happy with the price it recently sold for, then throw yours up for a pinch more and see if anyone bites. Generally, as long as you’re aggressive enough with your pricing, it should sell.
- Website: eBay
#2 Facebook Marketplace
If you want to sell your Pokemon cards as soon as possible, you may want to consider the Facebook Marketplace.
The nice thing about the Facebook Marketplace is that it’s fee-free and it helps connect you with buyers in your local area. While you won’t have the number of buyers eBay has to offer, you can sell a product much quicker and you can see who you’re dealing with since they will need a Facebook profile. You can learn much more about how the platform works in my “A Quick Guide to Facebook Garage Sales” post.
As long as you have a Facebook account, you can simply click on the Facebook Marketplace icon and list what you have to for sale. It’s very easy to follow. If someone is interested, then they will message you, where you can work out the details.
- Website: Facebook Marketplace
#3 Search Locally
There are hundreds of independent shops across the world, and of course, I can’t list them all.
With that being said, what I recommend is that you search for “Pokémon cards near me” or “sell Pokémon cards” and then look at the local listings. It will look something like this.
Depending on where you live, you may see a variety of options. Just open the listing and check for a website if they have one. If so, see if they are buying games. If not, call them up.
The problem with locally owned shops is that they don’t have the buying power in comparison to the rest noted here, so I can’t emphasize enough that you should get as many quotes as possible to ensure you’re getting the best value for your cards.
With the TCGplayer app, you can “turn your cards into cash.” Consider it as a marketplace where you can sell a variety of trading cards, from Pokémon to Magic the Gathering, to name a few. While this is best done on an app, you can use the desktop version as well if that’s what you prefer.
To start selling, it works similar to that of eBay, where you will create a listing, explaining which card you have. The nice thing about the app is that it offers pricing data so that you can get up-to-the-minute access as to how much your product is worth.
It’s 100% free to create an account, however, you will need to pay a seller fee, up to 10.25%~, plus a PayPal fee, so do keep this in mind. If you continue to sell and become what’s known as a Pro Seller, then you may qualify to pay reduced fees.
- Website: TCGplayer
#5 Troll and Toad
Troll and Toad is different in that this is an online retailer that will offer you a set price, which you can browse on their website. It’s one to consider if you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling to someone. Just keep in mind that this isn’t a way to get top dollar since they have to make a profit, too. According to Reddit, this is one of the largest buy lists with the best prices.
To see how much you can make, what you will want to do is click on the “Buylist” button, which you can find near the top menu and then click on the types of cards you have. This is what it will look like as you filter the results…
Next to each card, you can see what they are willing to offer. If it’s a price you’re happy with, add it to your cart and then ship it into their store. Granted, nothing is guaranteed, so be sure to read the FAQ to save yourself the hassle of being rejected.
One of the biggest things to note is that they do ask that your card/s total is worth at least $30. You must also pay for shipping.
Again, this isn’t your best option, but it’s a reputable company if you want cash right away and don’t feel like dealing with the public.
- Website: Troll and Toad
#6 Dave & Adam’s
Dave & Adam’s has a buy list as well, in which you can browse to see if any cards are there that you have. If you like the price being offered, then you can add it to your sell list for them to consider. And, if approved, the company pays you via PayPal or a Dave & Adam’s gift card.
Depending on where you live, it can take up to seven days to verify your account, but it can be much quicker than this in some circumstances. Generally, once they receive it, you can get a payment within the 48-hour window.
Right now, they are only buying what’s on the official buy list, but they do update the page frequently, so it doesn’t hurt to keep checking it out.
- Website: Dave & Adam’s
Sell2BBNovelties.com has two options if you’re interested in selling. One, like most of the buyback sites I mention here, you can view the individual listings to see what they are willing to offer you or you can sell your collection in bulk, which you can see the current prices here.
If you do decide to sell to them, the cards must be in mint or like new condition. Simply put, these cards should look as if they came out of the pack.
Shipping is free for orders worth more than $30, making it one of the more unique options since most of the companies listed here make you pay for shipping and insurance.
- Website: Sell2BBNovelties.com
#8 Cape Fear Games
Cape Fear Games is another that works just like Troll and Toad and Dave & Adam’s. They want to buy Pokémon cards off you as long as it’s the company’s buy list. To see if they are willing to buy your cards, they just ask that you search the website and see if it’s on the list. If so, add it to your cart and proceed to checkout once you have added everything you wanted to sell. They also buy in bulk as well if it’s something you’re interested in.
After submission, the company will approve your buy list via email and will ask you to send it in within seven days. Once it arrives, they will grade it and give you an adjusted total if need be. Usually, this is if the condition isn’t as noted or a card is damaged, etc. Payments are sent out via PayPal, check or as store credit with a bonus.
For more information, do refer to the link below as it has a FAQ section, letting you know what’s expected of you if you do sell to them.
- Website: Cape Fear Games
Tips to Sell Pokémon Cards for Top Dollar
- Get rid of any cards that are damaged as most online retailers will not accept them. All of your cards should look as if it came directly from the pack.
- Sort the card by its collection/year so that it’s easier for stores to see what you have. It also makes it easier for referencing purposes.
- Also, sort the cards by their rarity, such as holographics, rares, uncommons, etc. Refer to the stars (rare), diamonds (semi-rare) and circles (common) to reference how rare your cards may be. Rare letters (GX, EX, LEGEND and LV.X) can determine the card’s rarity as well.
- If you have a card that’s deemed to be rare, consider getting it PSA graded. This is a 10-point scale widely used by trading card collectors.
- Follow the selling instructions if selling to a retailer. This often means organizing the cards, shipping immediately and getting rid of any damaged cards.
Selling your Pokémon cards online is entirely possible. Whether you want to sell them on your own or maybe sell them directly for almost instant cash, you have a lot of options, as you can see.
While it can be a quick way to make money, consider selling the cards on your own before sending them into a shop. While it may be tempting to get the cash immediately, you have to remember they will turn around and sell the cards for a profit, more than likely using eBay. Selling is a lot easier than you think, trust me!
That’s going to do it for now.
If you plan on selling to a store, do make sure you get at least three to five quotes before proceeding as each store will have its own value. The same can be said about selling via eBay, etc. Make sure you research the sold listings as of late to ensure you’re getting the best deal for your card. You don’t want to sell it for too little (or too much).
As always, if I’m missing anything or you want to comment on what I have mentioned, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to check out the hundreds of money guides as well as my YouTube channel!
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